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Posted on Why are longer jointer tables better?

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#1 posted 06-17-2018 02:47 AM

Longer jointer beds give a better reference surface to straighten lumber. This is especially true of the infeed table.

Remember you are jointing rough lumber that is sometimes bowed. Not only are longer beds helpful for more accurate milling, but they also let you joint longer boards with ease.

I think the overall length on my 8” jointer is about 74” and that’s perfect for the work I do. I used to have a 6” jointer that was much shorter, and it was very difficult to mill long boards.

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